My tour with Ruth and Ehab of All One World Tours was a dream come
true. I have been interested in Egypt since my teens. This tour was the
first organized overseas tour I have ever taken. Ruth Shilling organized
the tour in such a flawless manner that I could literally do nothing but
have fun. Mealtimes, pit stops, shopping stops, and wonderful interactions
with the people of Egypt were seamlessly worked into each tour day. Her
small tour groups gain exclusive access to many big tourist sites as well
as other sites that literally no one else gets to visit... Read the entire
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Words cannot express how much we enjoyed our trip to Egypt with
you!!! It was phenomenal.....truly the "trip of a
lifetime"! Everything was all we expected and much, much more. We
will never forget our experiences there.
Ehab did an excellent job!. Not only was he a constant source of
information about Egyptian antiquities, but he was so pleasant and
personable. With his good looks, commanding presence, and beautiful
speaking voice I just felt so special to have him as our very own guide.
Mahmoud was a delight as well! I will always remember both of themÖ
Ruth, it was such a pleasure meeting and getting to know you. When I
met you there was an instant connection for me....almost as if I had
already known you in the past. I appreciate all your hard work, patience,
and sensitivities to everyone's wants and needs. No one could have done
any better job. Not only are you extremely knowledgeable about Egyptian
antiquities and hieroglyphics, but you also have such an understanding and
appreciation of the culture and the people. That meant a great deal to me.
Everyone loved their gifts.......my grandson especially. He even loved
all the rock specimens I collected. When I asked him which ones he wanted
he said "all of them, Granna!"
Thank you again Ruth, for everything........but, most of all, for being
the warm, caring, sensitive, funny person you are. Any tour guide could
have provided us with a trip to Egypt, but no one could have made the trip
as uniquely personal and memorable as you did. You are a special person.
Let me hear from you.
Love and Blessings,
|Date: December 4, 2005
I've been thinking of you and the
other great folks from our trip. I can't stop talking about it here at
home. Every day I tell my friends about another aspect or adventure that
we had. They just can't believe all the special things we did and how you
organized it all.
So in terms of feedback, I can only say "bravo!" You were on top
of everything, every minute. From meals, to hotels (rooms), entrance fees,
tipping, shopping--on and on. I honestly don't know how you do it--and do
it so calmly! I especially appreciated the way you made our priorities
yours. If someone wanted to see or do or buy something, we knew you would
help us make it happen, no matter how major or minor.
As you know, being able to have contact with people and families was so
meaningful for me. When people here at home say, "Weren't you
afraid?" they get an earful from me about the warmth of the Egyptian
people. I wish everyone could experience that.
Another thing that I really appreciated was the education we received from
you and Ehab and Ashraf...I may never get the kings in order, but I
certainly do have a much better sense of the flow of Egyptian history and
their amazing civilization...
I don't want to close without another bravo for Ashraf. Through him, I
felt like I really touched the heart of archaeology. He's a keeper!!
Love and blessings,
Betty Merriman, Content Developer: Readability
American Cancer Society, National Home Office
Thanks, Ruth, for arranging such a memorable tour. When Rhoda and I
returned I wrote a note to a cousin who is going on a tour/cruise next
month. As I wrote about our trip, I realized there were so many things
that we had done that her group almost certainly will not be doing, that
her experience will be quite different than ours. The private time in the
Great Pyramid, the meeting with the archeologist at the Step Pyramid, the
visit to the Sun Temple, the talk with Rachid at Karnak, the general
timing of being at places when the number of visitors was so small - all
off these things will not be possible for her. It was great that you were
able to make much of this a very special visit.
Dick Christensen, US Foreign Service Officer - Retired
Virginia, USA . . email@example.com
|Subj: Can't Thank YOU enough!
Date: 6/1/02 3:28:02 PM Eastern Daylight Time
I can't thank you enough for the trip of a lifetime! You just
could not do enough to make the trip trouble free, different and
exceptional. Your connections from arranging a meeting with Zahi
Hawass, the man in charge of everything ancient and whom I have seen on TV
frequently, to making sure everyone had water and what ever
"snacks" they wanted when traveling. When anyone
"wished" for it - you made it happen. You got us into places the
general tourist never gets to see.
I am telling everyone who has any interest in seeing Egypt two things:
1.) If you go - Go with Ruth; because it is more a very private and
personal tour than anyone could ever hope for at a price far below what
one would expect to pay. Your planning was exceptional. When the BIG TOUR
BUSES pulled up to a site you had us finishing and leaving in our little
mini-bus thereby avoiding HUGE crowds.
2.) Everyone asks me about safety. I tell them the truth; I have
never felt safer, nor had the slightest hint that there was any danger. No
American has been harmed or threatened to my knowledge for years. I felt
safer in Egypt than in many areas of our country.
Anyway, thank you for being such a knowledgeable and dedicated person.
Your love for Egypt is obvious - so is your dedication to your
I do want to thank you for how you handled the original trip which was
canceled due to 9-11. You immediately sent a full refund. I have a
few friends who were not so lucky who were signed up with a large
commercial tour company. They lost their payments
You are one of the "classiest" people in the travel
business. At age 73 I am not a neophyte traveler. I have
traveled many places in the world over the years and no one, absolutely no
one, has conducted a trip as well as you.
And, again - many thanks for the trip of a lifetime.
Don Mayes, DDS
Don Mayes & Associates, Inc, PA USA
[We are saddened to report
that Don passed away in February 2007.]
Larry is a grad student in Egyptology and his wife Ann has been teaching
Egyptology for a number of years in NSW, Australia.
What a wonderful trip! And how nice to be home again. By now, everyone
else should be home too...
Our major focus of the trip was the archaeological sites and we were
very attracted by your itinerary, with its focus on unusual and less
accessible sites, especially in Middle Egypt. We also appreciated the care
taken to avoid peak visiting times - this worked excellently. The lengthy
amount of time allowed at each site certainly suited us and we appreciated
the privileged access to several of the sites - which made the visits more
special. The Abu Sir archaeologist friend we met at Saqqara was really
impressed when we told her where we had been. Also, your willingness to
accommodate the different desires of group members meant that everyone had
their own special trip. The lunches in Egyptian homes were unexpected, but
they were lovely experiences which we remember very fondly.
We were amazed by your ability to remain both physically and
emotionally energized, and by the way you and Ehab worked so well to make
circumstances comfortable for everyone. We were particularly impressed by
your care over 'little' things like the provision of bottled water, small
change, medications and even individualized exchange rates. These were all
very welcome and made the trip run more smoothly.
We do not normally travel in groups but are very pleased we decided to
travel with you because it mostly didn't seem like group travel - although
it had all the advantages of the practicalities being organized for us.
Thank you for a wonderful trip. We will certainly be recommending your
tours to any of our friends who are thinking of travelling to Egypt.
Very best wishes,
Ann and Larry
|Date: Feb 14, 2006
Feel free to have any photographer call me for a recommendation at
any time. I will be glad to talk to them.
Hope life is being good to you, Stonie .....
Telephone in Florida, USA: 1-407-399-2279 ....
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...As so many of us have said we felt all as time went on like a family
having fun together, having experiences together and caring for one
another whilst being on a wonderful adventure of discovery in this special
land called Egypt. Ruth you made this possible through your care and thoughtful
organization and I am sure other people in your future trips will have the
privilege to have this unique experience.
It will probably take some time to fully realize that we are back here
in our everyday reality and even if it looks the same, we are not the same
within because we see everything through what we have become through this
trip. Anyway this is the way I feel and it is for me at this stage very
difficult to express in words.
Lots of love
Marie-Claude, St. Louis, France
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after traveling to Egypt.
Feb 16, 2006
Ruth, I have been thinking of you roaming the desert of Egypt and wished
that I could be there too. I hope you had a great group of people
again. I can hardly believe that a year has passed since our trip.
It feels very recent in my mind. We speak of you and the trip
often...it was the stuff that dreams were made of.
finally broke down and ordered the fingerless gloves from Coolibar... the
design is not as good as Solumbra. I guess nothing in this world is
100% (except your trips).
and Sid Alpert, Sierra Club Excursion Leaders
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I think about our journey in Egypt every day. I feel I
came back bigger, fuller, brighter and more alive. A very
important transformation happened there (over and over actually).
I wanted you to know what a wonderful tour you provided
for us who have not been there before and have so much to learn and
experience. Sometimes it was all so much, but without you it would
have been impossible to have the trip we had. I feel you were such
a buffer between us and some of the harsher realities of life there.
Thank you a million times for all that you do, provide, and are!!
I honestly know I had a trip of a lifetime. I am only now putting
the pieces back together but in a new way and that is so exciting, if
not difficult at times. It will take some time to realize all that
happened inside and outside of me there, although they were not separate
at all... Big shifts...
In some ways I felt I was having a very private experience and
was in an altered state most of the time. Thanks to you it felt
safe to let myself do that, knowing I was being guided and protected.
I had total trust in you! That felt wonderful and is a true gift
you have to give. I felt I was dying and being reborn multiple
times each day, falling apart and attempting to come back together again
in some new way. The experience in the Great Pyramid on the first
day opened my heart in a new and strong way and then everything else
built on that, on and on and on... Wow!
Again thank you for all you do and are. I can't say
enough good things to others about you and the trip. I speak your
praises everywhere. Is there a way I can help broaden that
knowledge? I think you are so doing what is in your heart and it
shows and I want to share your riches with others. The other thing
I felt that worked so well is that you tailored each persons trip and
experience to who they were and there was no pressure to fit into
something else or to be anything other then who we each were and why
each one of us ended up in that place at that time together. It
was all magic, thank you for that wisdom you possess and share and are.
Keep up the work (and play) that you do, we all benefit!
Love to you,
Thank you for Everything!!
[Marsha is a therapist working with hospice patients in San Francisco,
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Where do I begin? The trip was FANTASTIC! You and Ehab really
know how to take care of your guests. During every moment of those 2
weeks I felt like I was genuinely cared for. You and Ehab always
went the extra mile to make sure we were happy, comfortable and having
FUN. I know the "big tour companies" don't (and can't)
give this kind of personalized service.
Then there's the itinerary. You two have the scheduling down
incredibly well. You knew where to be and when to be there so that
we got the most out of every site. And equally important, you knew
what places to avoid during particular times of day when the swarms of
giant tour buses were present. I couldn't believe the places we got
to visit with little or even NO ONE else around! What a treat!
Especially for a guy like me who really enjoys shooting photos.
Though I'm only in my mid 30's, I've traveled to many other countries.
This is the first tour I've ever been on where I actually had time to
shoot photos without being rushed. This alone was worth the price of
admission! I came home with all the photos I wanted. I can't
thank you and Ehab enough for being so sensitive and accommodating to my
photography. You really get it.
I also enjoyed Ehab's teachings. His expertise on the history of
Egypt was great. It was so nice to visit a site and actually
understand what exactly I was looking at. And he made the
"lectures" fun! Wow, what a rich history and culture.
You too, Ruth, added a lot of wonderful insight to the Egyptology.
You and Ehab make a great team.
As far as the safety goes..... You were right - Egypt gets a "bum
rap." At no time during those 2 weeks did I ever feel in danger
or threatened. This says a lot considering we were there in March
2003, during the war with Iraq. I was also pleased at how friendly,
warm and helpful the Egyptian people are. I'm embarrassed to admit
that I had no idea.
I will definitely recommend you to anyone of any age who is traveling to
Egypt. You really understand how to personalize your tour for the
individual. My photos, my memories and my laughs are the best
testimony to that. Thanks again!!
Los Angeles, CA
Professional Musician, Amateur Photographer
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|Egyptologist: Written while Richard was studying for his Masters in
Egyptology. He has since finished his Masters degree, made a second
trip with us to Egypt, and is now working
on a PhD in Egyptology in the UK.
Thank you for a wonderful time, the best New Year I could imagine. I have
just returned to university to study
Egyptology, the culture, language, history and archaeology of ancient
Egypt - so I had some prior knowledge.
I would like to stress that I am not into meditation or that side of
things, nor am I ever likely to be. Having said that, I think the
spiritual aspect of the tour made the whole experience more enjoyable, as
Ruth was able to add a very personal touch that one would not get
elsewhere. It was a great opportunity for me to be at the sites very early
and experience them without anybody else being there. And being
continually fed falafel sandwiches... seriously, we never went wanting
Ruth knows the best times to visit the sites, and with our Egyptologist,
Ehab, make a good team. We were able to get into places at the right time, avoiding all the crowds and hassle and spending enough
time to make us feel we had not missed anything. Shopping has
never been such fun, I appreciate Ruth's bargaining techniques which saved
me a few pounds.
We have a well-known successful tour company here in the UK, but I cannot
see myself going with anyone else other than Ruth. In fact, I am
hoping to visit again very soon.
Thanks to Ruth, Ehab and all the group - like one happy family as we all
are keeping in touch.
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I know we have all told you this in one way or
another, but I feel moved to tell you again: There are no words that can
adequately express how grateful I am to whatever Divine Intelligence
caused me to find your website and ultimately go to Egypt with you. I feel
blessed that I attracted that opportunity Ė and am grateful to myself
for actually taking it when it showed up! And please tell Ehab how much I
appreciated his knowledge, kindness, and wisdom Ė what a great person he
I would love to do another trip with you at some
point Ė with all of the rebuilding they are doing, there will be much
more to see in a few years.
Barbara Madar, Indiana, USA
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As a small child I dreamed of seeing the wonders of Egypt. I was
so excited when I went with you in March of 2002. My childhood
dream was coming true. I didn't want to see Egypt in a touristy
way. I wanted to experience it. To see, touch, smell and
spiritually feel it. My tour with you did not disappoint me in any
of those areas. Your tour allowed me to fully experience my
childhood dream. Through your instinctive knowing of what I was
expecting from the trip you used your skill and knowledge to make it
happen for me. How very fortunate for me that I found you for my
first trip. That is exactly why I took my second trip with you in
October of the same year. Even though my needs had changed, you
instinctively knew that and promptly set out to make all my new dreams
and wants come true.
I want to thank you for all those travel things that you handle so
adeptly like the luggage, transportation, tipping, and meal planning.
I did not have to worry about those kinds of things because I knew you
were handling it. It left that time for me to just experience
Egypt. I want to thank you for all those special extra things we
did like the moonlight camel ride to the desert, getting to touch the
sphinx, visiting an unpublished excavation site, and the belly dancing
costume shopping. Thank you for those special times in the
pyramids and your special insight into the hieroglyphics on the walls of
the temples and those special meditation times in the temples.
Your special insights and knowledge made it all relevant and meaningful
as we visited each site.
You are a special person and your tours reflect that uniqueness in every
way. Thank you for such an experience and I am looking forward to
my third trip.
Love and Peace
Diane, RN firstname.lastname@example.org
[Diane Mullins is a Registered Nurse, Massage Therapist using Swedish,
Reiki, EnergyWork, CranioSacral, Reflexology, an Aromatherapist, and a
Transpersonal Hypnotherapist from Indiana, USA.]
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|Julie and her Mom came to Egypt together. Julie
writes to us later:
... everything is going great for my mom. You should see her eyes
and listen to her tell people about Egypt, she gets so excited!
People say it's like she came back a different person. She seems so much
happier everyone says. She still is watching all the programs about Egypt,
even though she's seen most of them, she just likes watching them to brag,
and say "I've been there, I really have!"
I love you all very much and miss you. My mother
gives her regards... w/b Julie, Massachusetts, USA
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I am still processing Egypt, every day. The words have not yet come. I had
envisioned myself writing the all-encompassing letter, an epic poem maybe,
or some great treatise, but in any case, the PERFECT expression laying out
all I received from you and from the trip..
Much that I received had nothing to do with Egypt. I went on the trip
thinking I might encounter a personal challenge in relation to being with the group, since I have never ever been comfortable in a group except for
my most intimate friends. Not so! I was amazingly comfortable from the
beginning, thanks to you, Ruth, and to the people you attracted to you.
What a perfect roommate Diane was for me! I loved her from the beginning
and will always have a special place for her in my heart... I enjoyed you
all - and most astoundingly, I enjoyed MYSELF with you all!
Amusingly, one of the issues the trip presented to me was the issue of
expression. I was so impressed with everyone and delighted by all the different modes of expression the people showed. You, with your melodic
laughing voice, words flowing effortlessly out of a deep understanding of
your Beloved Egypt, out of true desire to reach each person, out of
compassion, out of giving;.. Ehab, playful, laughing, while fluently
imparting knowledge, bringing everything together, the perfect loving
teacher; and Diane, the high priestess who could sit through a meal in
full luminous presence and containment, contributing to the company as
much as anyone present, while hardly uttering a word. And me -- well, as
you may recall, at the beginning of the trip when you asked what people
were looking for I said I wanted to be on the right side of my brain. We
do get what we ask for, and I'm laughing at myself now, because I realize
that I came home knowing LESS than when I went, but with a deeper
understanding - one I am struggling to come to terms with and
Ruth, you must be fulfilling a sacred contract in this work you do, in
that you have a natural talent for knowing what people need, along with
the love and dedication to open them to the fulfillment, and the know-how
to set the stage for it to happen. Even unspoken needs seem to be picked
up by you, maybe even without your realizing it, as when we were in the
Great Pyramid standing in a circle and you asked for opening, which is
exactly what was in my heart to ask for. I did receive that opening, in an
experience I will never forget, and never go back from. As it would be
expressed in the hieroglyphs, "When the heart flings wide..."
The mechanics of the trip - well, there was no need for us to even think
of that. You did a magnificent job on that complicated task. Ehab
contributed greatly too. What a perfect gift.
Every full moon brings back to me the Egyptian moon over the pyramids and
the other-worldly nature of our caravan - the wind, the galloping
horses! Thanks to the goddess for that and to Ehab and to Ali and to
you! It wells up in me sometimes and passes through, and I say,
well, that was the full moon caravan that just passed through. Then I take
a few deep breaths and smile.
Ruth, I know you are leaving soon. I am sending you a package. With
it I send my love, my admiration and my deepest gratitude. I will try to
join you, as you suggest, in Egypt on your next visit. I'll send you a nod
and a wink through the full moon on the 18th.
Owner of Golden Bough Vintage Books in Macon, Georgia. Tel:
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|Ruth and Ehab,
I canít rave enough about my trip in June of 2004! I had been waiting
almost my whole life for a trip to Egypt. I chose your tour after careful
searching, and was not disappointed with my choice. You are both
consummate professionals who add your own flavor to the tour, making it
very well rounded.
I got the most beautiful photos, and more often than not, had famous
tourist destinations to enjoy with just our small group. That was
priceless. I was never rushed, and left feeling like I didnít miss a
thing. Being able to walk through Luxor Temple in the morning with only 5
other people was worth the price of the trip alone. My friends keep
commenting on how beautiful my pictures are because they are not crowded
full of other tourists.
I particularly enjoyed the opportunities I got to interact with
Egyptian people. Going to Hassanís (one of our driverís) house and
meeting his family was a real treat. Definitely not something I would have
gotten to do on another tour.
As far as safety goes, I never once was concerned. The Egyptian
government has taken every possible precaution against any danger. I even
felt comfortable enough to go to downtown Cairo to the movies with two
Egyptian friends I met on my cruise boat! I didnít have one single issue
with safety or feeling threatened.
I only wish that you provided tours to other countries, so that I could
do all my world travel with you, Ruth. I am already thinking about another
jaunt. I can never thank you enough for the time I had.
Biologist, Taxolog, Inc Email: email@example.com
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Awesome! Actually an understatement;
no words can really describe my experience. I am still having
nightly dreams; finally they are becoming more clear..
We did an early morning meditation with Sekhmet at the Temple of Ptah
at Karnak. It was an emotional connection for most of us,
especially my roommate. The statue seemed to be alive with
vibrations of power. A lot of heart energy.
The Temple of Denderah was exceptionally moving...
The pyramids had a more calming affect on me... The energy
there was very powerful but also very clear and pure; each had these
same qualities as well as their own personalities. We had an
especially good time chanting in the Red Pyramid, the echo chamber!
Of course we did the tourist thing: shopping at the Kahn el Kahlili
bazaar, riding camels, sailing the Nile in a felucca.
All in all, this was one of the most memorable experiences in my
Ellie, Connecticut, USA
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Being a scientist, I generally approach experiences from a rational point
of view. The tour experience has expanded both my external, rational work
and my internal spiritual journey. My observations during the tour and
long after were an amazing array of events that I would put in the category
of life-changing. Since the tour, I have worked with the energies that I
sensed while being in the location of the pyramids and the temples that were part of the tour.
The results of this continues to be healing of things that are so dear to me, large and small.
The tour expands in my life as a continuing and very exciting journey.
Judy Bender, PhD., microbiologist, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Judy's email: DonBenderNCR@aol.com
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We just returned from a memorable 16-day tour of Egypt. What
made the trip so remarkable was our Tour Leader/Guide, Ruth Shilling,
and Mohamed, the Egyptologist who accompanied us.
Ruth's exemplary ability to coordinate, and her penchant for details,
relieved us of all pressure, giving us the opportunity to fully enjoy
this unique experience... We visited sacred sites that most tourists do not get to
Ruth takes into consideration your primary interests and plans the
tour to satisfy your needs. I highly recommend that you contact
Ruth regarding the tour of Egypt that you are currently planning.
Her email is....
Ray Diaz, New Jersey, USA -- firstname.lastname@example.org
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|The power and beauty of Egypt is a sustaining light that
stays with you forever. I revisit her sacred sights when I shut my
eyes and listen to the tapes Ruth recorded during our meditations.
What a blessing to be able to hear the sounds of Egypt and our sacred
songs with the touch of a finger. In a moment the magic and
healing power of this pilgrimage to the land of Pharaohs comes
alive all over again. Space and time vanish. I am renewed.
Hill Noll, sound-healer & expressive arts facilitator, Caswell Beach, NC
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|Dear David and Carol,
I write this note with so much appreciation and joy...
Ruth was amazing. She moved lyrically between her various roles:
tour guide, facilitator, friend. Her friendship was like the parent who conveys her care with an
evenness that intimates to each child that he is the special one...as if
the tour was designed especially to suit each of our individual interests.
As facilitator, she created environments where the most beautiful meditations and incantations unfolded, including one in the Great Pyramid
which was, to my experience as a pianist, one of the most unusual and inspiring musical events of my career.
...Ruth's business savvy. Her instinct for knowing when to be flexible or firm and decisive when necessary created a comfort level for the group that resulted in a trip that felt seamless from the beginning to end.
I am still sorting through and reliving the enormous wealth of experience I had and I sense this process with continue for some while.
I got to realize a dream -- to feel the wonder of Egypt, the history of which came alive though the words and enthusiasm of Mohamed, a humanitarian, who showed us as much about the richness of life by example as he educated us about Egypt."
R.C., California, USA
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Thank you again for the wonderful trip to
Egypt. Your knowledge and expertness made those 16 days one of the
highlights of our lives... Your kindness and sensitivity towards
other people was felt and appreciated every day. Your talent of
organizing and budgeting time was just excellent.
We will recommend you with great confidence.
Thank you again!
Lore Geissler, New Jersey, USA tel:
973-633-8282 (German and English speaking)
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